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Aaron Cass, owner of Acass-Systems of Omaha

From inside an old, repurposed brick bakery on a rough stretch of Leavenworth Street in the Big O come some of the most cutting-edge infrastructure ideas for stadium and festival shows around the world.  But while Aaron Cass had all the experience and the technology to turn a concert designer’s vision into “real nuts and bolts,” he told Omaha’s KETV, it wasn’t until he got financing with an SBA guaranteed loan that he could make a business out of it.

Cass personally knows what show runners in far-flung locations need, and how fast they need it, after spending 15 years touring and supporting some of the biggest performers around the globe, from N*Sync to Britney Spears, and from to Bruce Springsteen to the Stones. Name a city from Australia to Japan, and “I know a good restaurant or a bar there,” he said. Over time, he built his Rolodex starting out as a roadie eventually working up to stage manager bouncing from tour to tour, often working up to 100 hours a week.

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Dr. Jennafer Glaeseman, owner of Blue Valley Veterinary Clinic, and patient.

The day after Dr. Jennafer Glaesemann closed on her loan to take ownership of Blue Valley Veterinary Clinic in Beatrice, she left her office to head out to a nearby farm.  A donkey was suffering a troublesome birth, and she needed to sedate the stricken animal before she could start treatment. As she tells it, the farmer’s inexperienced son tried to help her hold the donkey still so she could safely administer the sedative.

“The donkey wasn’t real fond of the situation,” she explained.  And when the donkey charged forward on him, jostling her, she accidentally jammed the needle into her own thigh.

“Like, welcome to real life,” she sighed.

No place to go from there but up, right?

And so she has, with monthly revenues from the business up by a third since she bought the practice two years ago, with help from SBA financing.

Watching a dramatic treatment to an ailing cow set her on her course

Blue Valley offers preventive and emergency care from house... Read More

Yvonne Loy of Lincoln's Le Cupcake

She likes to talk about the time she joined her daughter-in-law, Megan, on the popular Food Network show Cupcake Wars, but television appearances aren’t why Yvonne Loy started what she calls her “passion.”  What makes Le Cupcake more than a crowd-pleasing, fast-growing business in south Lincoln’s Briarhurst Center is its kindhearted “Random Acts of Cupcakes.”

“A few times each month, we surprise someone with a free gift of cupcakes,” Loy explained.  Sometimes they hand out delectable delights right in the store, other times, people will come in to let them know someone who is going through a struggle and could use a pick-me-up. They delivered one sunny batch to a young, single mom in the hospital worried over her sick baby.

Then there was the random act that still leaves Loy overcome.

A husband had lost his wife. Still heartbroken weeks later, he called Le Cupcake to send thoughts to her former co-workers.  Touched, Loy and her crew kept his information, and a... Read More

Co-Owner Pat Shudak of Open Range Beef guides a tour of the processing plant (Photo courtesy of Linda Teahon, Chadron, Neb. Record)

For five years, the meatpacking plant in this part of ranch country in northwest Nebraska stood vacant and silent. Now, thanks in part to new owners and SBA financing, the plant has re-opened as a supplier for organic, natural grass-fed, premium and halal beef for domestic and overseas markets, and given a small town a big economic jolt.

Open Range Beef purchased the shuttered plant from the city of Gordon in late June 2013, and have spent the last five months upgrading the operation with state-of-the-art equipment and material. With the purchase and re-opening, the business also created 100 new jobs, said co-owner Pat Shudak, a big deal for a town of around 1,800 people.

Preparing products for exporting to overseas beef lovers

The 36,000-square foot plant expects to hit a target of 250-300 head of cattle per day, or about $120 million worth of cattle per year, from local ranchers for its USDA-certified beef processing operation. Open Range Beef chiefly will serve... Read More